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Segestes decoratus damage

Caption:
Bananas defoliated by Segestes decoratus of the family Tettigoniidae, known as katydids in American English or bush-crickets in British English. In Papua New Guinea, the local name of this pest is sexava. These insects are better known for destructive outbreaks on oil palms. They probably jumped to bananas after building up on the palms. The bananas in the photo are also over-run by an invasive weed, Mikania micrantha, commonly called mile-a-minute (for its speed of growth).
Keywords:
Insects, Pest, Pest damage, Pests and diseases, Segestes decoratus
Date shot:
March 2010
Locality:
Kimbe
Province/State:
West New Britain
Country:
Papua New Guinea
Photographer:
Markham, Richard / Bioversity International